Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince
Label: Circus RecordingsRelease: Out Now
Odds are that, at some point over the past few weeks, someone has stated “Walk around like you’re bigger than Prince” on one of your various social networks. This is testament as to how much Curtis Jones’ latest issuing, a recently rare solo outing under the playful Green Velvet moniker, gets under your skin. Putting aside the probability that it is physiologically possible for anyone over the age of 12 to be “Bigger Than Prince”, this is Velvet at his satirical finest; lambasting the guido DJ mentality, their diamanté encrusted Beats headphones, and the one dimensional quest for stage performance idolisation. Curtis’ delivery is deadpan, lazily drawled over a Miami bass backdrop, a falsely self-empowering monologue to be oblivious in the face of social media hate.
Backing up the original, Hot Since 82 and The Martinez Brothers are drafted in on remix duty. Fresh from his recent Essential Mix session, Hot Since 82 ditches the funk in favour of a direct house moment, easily accessible and effective, if losing a little of the humour in the translation. Obviously terrified by anything but percussion, The Martinez Brothers turn in a tribal beat led interpretation, reducing Velvet’s involvement to a subtle whisper. Both remixes add a certain dancefloor usability for variety’s sake, but it is the slow lollop of the original that gets its hooks into you, drawing you back to chant against the superficial.